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23 Oct 2019

Sewage spill causes a stink

Vanisha Moodley (South Coast Herald) Picture: A puddle of sewage outside the dive centre.

UMKOMAAS residents have grown tired of the ongoing sewage spill in Moodie Street. According to an employee at a business in the street, this problem has reared its head intermittently over the last two years.

“When workers do come out to fix the leak, they only do a temporary repair, and that is why it remains a problem,” he said.

The most recent spill began about two weeks ago, outside the Aliwal Dive Centre. Basie Ackermann from the dive centre said this was having a “seriously negative” impact on their business.

The blocked drain at the bowling club.

“We get international customers and these sewage spills are not a pleasant welcome,” he said.

“Just the other day we had some divers from New Zealand and we had no choice but to drive through the sewage while taking them to and from the beach.

“As they were in the back of the bakkie they had to endure the awful stench.”

Mr Ackermann added he feared his customers being sprayed with this filthy water when the vehicles made their way through the spills.

Umkomaas Bowling Club greenkeeper, Rod Forte, attempts to clean up the mess.

When the Mail went to investigate, it was discovered that the Umkomaas Bowling Club opposite the dive centre was dealing with a similar problem. Greenkeeper and bowler, Rod Forte, said he believed there was a blockage in the drainage system which was affecting Moodie Street because their club’s drain was also spewing raw sewage.

“Sewage has gushed from outside the bowls clubhouse and run down onto the bowling greens, flooding our grounds,” he said.

Raw sewage spews from a drain close to the Aliwal Dive Centre.

“I did what I could to clear this because it was not just the smell we had to put up with, but it was really an eyesore too.”

Another concern is that the sewage runs through the town and onto Umkomaas beach, contaminating the water. Several people have come forward, saying that they had tried contacting eThekwini Municipality over the last two weeks, but aside from a couple of site visits, nothing concrete had been done.

Umkomaas beach is being contaminated by the spill in Moodie Street.

When the Mail followed up, it was informed that a team from the municipality was sent to investigate on October 17.

“We confirm that the blockage was eventually cleared last week and our technical team will investigate the possibility of a permanent solution,” said Nkosinathi Dlamini, Responsible AE – South, eThekwini Municipality.

The Umkomaas Bowling Club grounds fall foul of the spill.